Reader Talkback Results: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?

The following is our exclusive weekly feature in which we ask our readers a news topical question and then give you a week to answer it on our various channels, compiling a diverse range of answers and opinions to present to you, our valued readers.

Last week, we asked you the following:

Reader Talkback: What do you think about Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone and getting tougher restrictions?

Some context around the question:

This week, we are going to choose the biggest topic on most people’s minds, Chonburi becoming a maximum control zone, or dark red, effective tomorrow, July 20th, 2021 until further notice. This announcement brings a number of tough new restrictions, measures, closures, and other rules. Officials claim the move will help prevent Covid-19 in the province as cases have steadily been rising for the most part regionally. The decision was, it is to be noted, made by the Center for Covid-19 Situation Administration, or CCSA, with the central government and not by the governor or locally.

  You can read more about the new rules and restrictions, which basically shuts down all non-essential business as well as brings in a mandatory overnight curfew and more road checkpoints, by clicking here.

We want to know what you think about this move. Do you think this will help resolve the situation? Do you think more financial aid is needed for businesses that have been closed as a result of the order? (Or ones already closed, such as the entertainment and nightlife industry that has been shut for over three and a half months.) Is this move a solid one based on the rise in cases, in your opinion, or a distraction to avoid the fact that vaccine allocation to Chonburi has been very low?  How long do you think the new measures will last?  What is the path out of what seems like never-ending restrictions with no end in sight?

Here is what you, our readers, had to say as our editors selected some of the most diverse responses to highlight different points of view. 

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Kim L-Interesting but really all this lockdown does is cause misery. So many sad stories, nowhere in the world is improved with the lockdown. Already donated food is the norm in Pattaya. They do not have any money. Their landlords are demanding they pay rent. What the mainstream media don’t tell us; the virus is more contagious now but it is also weaker, less deadly. Hard lockdown is unnecessary, it will cause more hardship and death than the virus. The Thai people seem to fear the vaccine more than they fear the virus. What Thailand needs is to up the hygiene, especially in markets and construction sites. Ensure that people have access to decent facilities where they work and live.

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John O-I live in Ireland, we have had the strictest lockdown in Europe, and 2nd strictest in the world, 2nd to Cuba, our uptake of the vaccine is well over 50% and by end of August 80%. The best uptake in Europe. The new variant is now taking hold here, so my belief is that even when people have the vaccination it won’t make much difference to the spread of the virus, so I think we should all get back to normal and start living again, live with the virus and have some sort of life. People and economies cannot continue to carry on like this. How many are going to die from other health issues that are being ignored because of the virus, eg, mental health, or other treatments that are being canceled.

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Alan K-It’s too late now for restrictions, the elephant has bolted. Live with it, save the country economically and get business and people back to work!

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Peter M-They should have commenced the lockdown back in April same as last year instead of letting it spread out of control the last 3 months, closing entertainment venues has done nothing to limit the spread

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Stuben-This was more than overdue. And when I look at the Central Mall in Pattaya with I guess much more than 100 cases now already I ask myself why the staff there is not in quarantine. It was closed one day for disinfection and continued to be open the next day. Did they check and vaccinate the staff in the other malls?!

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Lord Riodel The Great(the name given)-This is fantastic. It should last until every bar, nightclub, and gogo is eliminated and they can bulldoze the entire sex industry and eradicate this horrific pestilence and all the sex tourists forever from Pattaya. The city is wonderful right now during lockdown, quiet, peaceful, wonderful to get around and a perfect place to be. The curfew should be permanent, as normal, law-abiding, polite people are in bed by 10:00 P.M. Real men don’t need nightlife and all that other trash. Schools being closed doesn’t matter as true adults can homeschool their own children. The only disappointing thing is alcohol was not completely banned, this should happen immediately and be permanent as this is a Buddhist country. Bars, gogos, nightlife, and nightclubs should be BANNED forever. They should also ban ALL dating applications permanently in Thailand, they are only used for horrific deeds and acts. As for those unemployed, they can find other jobs.  Good riddance to all the trash before!

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Dave- I’ve lived here full-time for over 7 years and I’ve seen some boondoggles but this one takes the cake.  Every time that I read about additional restrictions from on high and the “dirty” farang, I get angry.

1.  Why don’t they (the government/police) enforce the restrictions that are in place?
I see the police hassling a farang (in his home), his Thai wife, and 2 of their friends with Thai wives for having a “party” (a BBQ dinner and enjoying a beer together) but turning a blind eye everyday/evening on the Jomtien beaches to Thais (Asians) drinking and socializing (3,4,5,6+ people in a group).  We have a brand new “permanent” police station here now but the police don’t seem to see what’s happening around them.  Maybe, the doors to the police boxes and stations should be locked, so they would be forced outside.
I even saw people (Thais???) preparing and distributing meals without masks in your previous news coverage when we were all being told to wear a mask whenever you leave your home.
2. The vaccine distribution is a joke.  Let’s face it the government sat on their collective butts last year and didn’t forecast the need for a national vaccination program.  Now, there’s a major outbreak with no end in sight.
Sorry to rant, but it is so aggravating.  I’m probably going to have to go back to my home country to get my “free” vaccination.  I have excellent medical insurance “globally” but I can’t get (pay for) a vaccination.
BTW, I’m 69 years old without preconditions.  And yes, I don’t trust open social media!
Thanks, Dave
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Kristof E-Best thing we can do is stay home/socially distant as much as possible until mass vaccination, and send food/sustenance to those who cant easily afford to do this. We can’t assume govt will be able to handle this; rather plan as if you have to take care of your own. Keep the immune system strong with #1: Lots of rest, #2: Good nutrition #3: Vitamin C, D, Quercetin, and Zinc supplements (can buy online). Try to establish adequate ventilation for shared indoor environments. Research online videos by prominent doctors instructing on covid home treatments so you know how to react if necessary. As infection with delta variant is likely, the best chance is to try and minimize the extent of infection as much as possible for the best chance of recovery & immunity development. Stay safe & take care of each other; the more resilient the community is the more you are as well.
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Teandosol-Totally negative. The government is doing everything except the one thing that will help, which is to expedite the import of high-quality vaccines, i.e., NOT from China.

Short of this, they should get out of the way and let people live their lives.
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Jim S- Thank you for your Reader Talkback about the restrictions.  I get my information from  worldometer.com.

Thailand has had only 49 covid deaths per million of population.
USA 1,876
Brazil 2,532
UK 1,866
Peru 5,834
Japan 119
Obviously, Thailand is one of the safest places on the planet as far as covid.
Where is the emergency? I see none.
Thank you for considering my argument-Jim
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Steve S-Absolutely trash Pattaya entertainment industry and many small businesses. Then they want to lock down properly. How many months this time. The government should be accountable for every small business that has had failed. They need to house and feed the homeless and compensate the businesses they have ruined like many other countries have.
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John P-It’s destroying the education of our children.
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Lance G-I am glad I left just I’m time … just left last night … I hope it will be better when I return…
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Marco F-

I think I will go away soon. I’m tired of everything… And this is not life. Those measures don’t help with this.
Ps: ask the people who are sitting every day on the beach and waiting for food, what they think about restrictions
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Ludovic M-For many months, no tests, no Covid, no death then tests started covid everywhere and deaths. No more dengue, no more flu, no more everything. What a bunch of crap!
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Steve C-Doesn’t really change anything from the ineffective previous restrictions
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Brown G-

Absolutely ridiculous. Whoever makes these rules clearly has no idea that Thailand has lost control and these restrictions will do stuff all than get numbers down only for restrictions to be eased and the numbers rise again.
The country should just open. Let the 1% go. Let the other 99% get on and live.
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Glenn S-I think it’s a joke. When are the despots running this country going to wake up and realize the restrictions and lockdowns aren’t slowing Covid. You can’t eradicate this virus so stop trying to and learn how to live with it as we have with influenza. They’ve ruined this country by getting into a fight they can’t win. I understand why now the people have had enough and the protests have begun.
That is all for this week! Thank you as always for your insight and opinions! The next reader talkback will be this upcoming weekend!
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